CASE Construction Equipment and Leica Geosystems Enter Into Strategic Partnership for Machine Control Technology

CASE-Leica Partnership 1Agreement is part of a global partnership between CNH Industrial and Leica Geosystems related to the CNH Industrial construction equipment brands; product solutions will eventually expand to the entire construction product line in North America and globally; CASE retains compatibility with all top tier machine control providers.   

CASE Construction Equipment has entered into a strategic partnership with Leica Geosystems to provide machine control technologies – both factory installed and aftermarket – throughout its line of construction equipment. The agreement also includes a commitment to shared product development, and is part of a global alliance between Leica Geosystems and CNH Industrial.

The agreement enables the full integration of Leica Geosystems solutions and other machine control opportunities from the factory on CASE equipment, and customers receive greater access and support to these technologies through the CASE dealer network. CASE equipment will retain the ability to work with all major machine control providers through factory options.

“It was important for us to help make machine control technology more accessible and practical for the end user, and this agreement will make it easier for contractors to deploy it through their CASE dealer,” says Jim Hasler, vice president, CASE Construction Equipment, NAFTA. “Thanks to this partnership with Leica Geosystems, we can look at our equipment from step one and determine the best ways to integrate machine control and other technologies into each machine. By doing this early in the development process, and working directly with the Leica Geosystems engineering team, we’ll be able to provide grading and earthmoving contractors with entirely new levels of productivity and efficiency.”

CASE-Leica Partnership 2“We are delighted to have been selected by CASE Construction Equipment for this opportunity,” said Ken Mooyman, president, Leica Geosystems, NAFTA. “Our partnership enables CASE to provide Leica Geosystems solutions direct from the factory and gives their customers broad access to 1, 2 and 3D Machine Control systems and support through the CASE dealer network. Together we have a great opportunity to dramatically improve the working lives of construction equipment users everywhere. Additionally it allows both parties greater early involvement in the development process facilitating equipment integration with machine control technologies.”

For more information on the complete breadth of machine control technologies offered by Leica Geosystems, visit Leica-Geosystems.us. For more on CASE Construction Equipment, visit CASEce.com.

New Cat MP318 & MP324 Multi-Processors

Caterpillar Work Tools, a leading provider of wheel loader and excavator attachments, is introducing a new generation of Multi-Processors for Cat® hydraulic excavators. Caterpillar’s Multi-Processor MP318 and MP324 can handle virtually any demolition job simply by using the basic housing and a choice of up to six available jaw sets. Other models will be added to the standard offering at a later stage.

Features and benefits

The new Multi-Processor builds on the success of its predecessor. It features compact weight-to-power ratio, with incredibly strong cutting and crushing capability. The housing’s strong rotator provides a continuous 360° rotation that allows you to carry out the demolition job quickly and precisely from any angle. The new Multi-Processor will cement its position as the class leading, and most versatile demolition tool.

Cat MPEasy and simplified jaw exchange

Each Multi-Processor can be equipped with a wide selection of interchangeable jaws;

Concrete Cutter (CC), Demolition (D), Pulverizer (P), Shear (S), Universal (U), and Tank Shear (TS). With one common housing and properly selected sets of jaws a contractor can achieve exceptional flexibility with minimum investment, and accomplish most tasks encountered on a demolition job. The various jaws can be quickly installed or changed, thanks to a new patent pending jaw locking system. Instead of taking about 45 minutes to change the jaws with the previous series, it now only takes 10 minutes. And all you need are some basic tools.

Easy maintenance

Maintenance has been made easier too. The new jaws use bolt-on and pin on wear material eliminating almost all need to weld the jaws. Keeping a jaw set in good repair has never been easier, and can be done on-site in a matter of hours. Protection for hydraulic components and hoses has been increased, and an improved motor guard gives greater motor protection. Also the access to the cylinder has been made easier and the cylinder rod protection has been optimized. Further the number of greasing points has been reduced so servicing becomes easy. Daily maintenance requires only greasing, checking wear, and replace any worn parts.

The Multi-Processors are fully supported by Cat dealers so that customers can order parts and service for machines and work tools from a single source. Every Cat work tool is supported with a comprehensive range of pre- and after-sales services that include: advice on work tool selection, operator training, equipment management, and a range of financial and insurance solutions.

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New E-Series Cat® Hammers Combine Design Simplicity WithAdvanced Features To Enhance Performance, Durability, Ease Of Use, Serviceability

CAT E-SERIES HAMMER 1Ten new Cat® E-Series hammers – designed for use with mini excavators, skid-steer loaders and backhoe loaders – are available in both “silenced” and side-plate versions. Four sizes – H35, H45, H55 and H65 – are offered in two mounting configurations for installation on both Caterpillar and competitive carriers.

Silenced hammers, identified with “s” in the model designation, use a fully enclosed housing to suppress noise, a valuable feature in sensitive work environments and in small-machine applications in which the hammer is in close proximity to the operator. Non-silenced, side plate models are available for all four sizes.

Flat-top models allow versatility for installation on Caterpillar and equipment made by other manufacturers. Pin-on models are available for the H55E and H65E in applications that require a dedicated, hammer-equipped Cat machine.

Premium features
Several features assure convenient installation, comfortable operation and long hammer life. These hammers are designed and engineered to match auxiliary flows and pressures of the Cat machine. Plus, hydraulic ports are positioned for convenient installation. As soon as the hammer is “plugged” in, it is ready to perform.

Suspension system on the silenced models include buffers at the top and bottom to absorb reflective forces and isolate them from the machine. A suspension jack helps to dampen vibration and sound. The result is quiet, reliable operation and reduced operator fatigue.

To protect the hammer from internal stress, an automatic shut-off can be activated. This instantly stops the piston when the hammer breaks through material which in turn protects the hammer from blank-firing.

CAT E-SERIES HAMMER 2Easy maintenance 
These new E-Series hammers include 47 percent fewer parts than did their D-Series predecessors. This allows for quicker and easier servicing. When it comes to daily maintenance, a single grease point is conveniently located and easily accessed. Tool changes are accomplished with common hand tools.

Specifications

  H35Es/H35E H45Es/H45E H55Es/H55E H65Es/H65E
Recommended carrier

weight range, lb.(kg)

2,430-5,300

(1 100-2 400)

3,310-7060

(1 500-3 200)

5,500-13,200

(2 500-6 000)

6,600-19,800

(3 000-9 000)

Impact frequency

blows/min

600-1,680 780-1,800 600-1,680 720-1,740
Energy class, ft.-lb., (J) 300 (407) 400 (542) 600 (813) 800 (1 085)
Rated flow, gpm

(L/min.)

3.2-9.2

(12-35)

6.6-16

(25-62)

7.9-22

(30-85)

10-30

(40-115)

Max. pressure, psi

(kPa)

2,393

(16 500)

2,465

(17 000)

2,393

(16 500)

2,393

(16 500)

 

 

New Cat® D Series Skid Steer Loaders Feature New Cab, Operator Environment And Controls—And Increased Engine Performance

C827846Caterpillar is rolling out four new D Series Skid Steer Loaders and updating two current D Series machines to create the new D Series line featuring a completely redesigned cab with first-in-class features, new lift arm design for improved sight lines, and increased engine performance. The four newest D Series models are replacements for their B3, C and C2 Series predecessors.

The Cat® D Series line now encompasses six skid steer loader models ranging in rated operating capacity from 1,800 lb (816 kg) to 3,700 lb (1 678 kg). The 236D and 242D are mid-size frame models and can be as narrow as 60 inches (1524 mm). To provide broader selection for skid steer buyers, the 236D has been redesigned to a smaller platform size. The result is a power-dense radial-lift-path model that combines compact dimensions with impressive performance specs: 1,800-pound (816-kg) operating capacity, 123-inch (3122-mm) hinge-pin height, 74.3 hp (55.4 kW) gross engine power and peak torque of 195 lb-ft (265 N·m).

The new D Series large frame models are the 246D and 262D with rated operating capacities of 2,150 lb (975 kg) and 2,700 lb (1 225 kg), respectively. The 236D, 242D, 246D and 262D feature an electronically controlled 3.3-liter engine that meets Tier 4 Final (Stage IIIB) emissions standards. The Cat C3.3B engine provides 74 hp (55 kW) with 8 percent more torque and a 6 percent increase in fuel economy compared to the previous models.

The largest D Series models, the 272D and 272D XHP, were launched in early 2012 and continue to be powered by an electronically controlled 3.8-liter engine, which meets Tier 4 Interim (Stage IIIB) emissions standards. The Cat C3.8 produces 98 gross horsepower (73 kW) for the 272D and 110 net horsepower (82 kW) for the 272D XHP, which powers an auxiliary hydraulic system producing up to 40 gpm (150L/min) of flow at 4,061 psi (28 000 kPa) to handle the most demanding powered work tools. The 272D and 272D XHP also receive the new cab environment and features as well as the new lift arm design.

“Cab-One” modular structure and advanced control 
The D Series models introduce a new standard in sealed and pressurized cab design. The “Cab-One” structure is one-piece modular construction instead of the two-piece cab design found on competitive skid steer loaders. The Caterpillar design provides superior sealing, which allows doubling the cab pressurization attained with the previous design. The result is a cleaner working environment. In addition, the improved HVAC system supplies 20 percent more airflow and approximately a 50 percent increase in heating and cooling rates.

The cab and operator station incorporate many new features. Seat options include a high-back, heated, air-suspension seat that incorporates industry-exclusive integral seat-mounted joystick controls. The seat provides additional comfort via recline and lumbar adjustments. All air suspension seats feature independent arm bar/joystick control adjustments to allow the machine to be configured for different size operators and for different applications. This arrangement also allows the entire seat/joystick control package to move up and down as a unit, minimizing operator fatigue and maximizing comfort.

C814586The standard control monitor provides a single-code security feature that helps prevent theft and unwanted operation after scheduled work hours. The industry exclusive Advanced Display control monitor expands the number of security (operator) codes to 50 and can store and recall the operating preferences of that number of operators. These preferences include language choice, background color, gauge style, ride-control setting, creep speed, top-speed limit, response for the hystat drive system and response for the implement control system. These allow the machine to be tailored to each operator’s preferences, experience level and specific application. The Advanced Display also expands machine diagnostics capability by allowing the master-code holder to review operator-specific machine information such as hours of operation, fuel burn and operating event or diagnostic codes.

The Advanced Display is video capable and supports the first integrated rearview camera ever offered on skid steer loaders. The camera provides additional work site visibility to enhance safety, especially when working in tight applications.

Electronic throttle features
Also new in the D Series cab is an electronic dial-type throttle that permits precise rpm settings. When the dial is in the high-idle position, the foot throttle functions as a decelerator pedal. The decelerator allows an added degree of control, permitting the operator to quickly modulate travel speed during precise maneuvers or to regulate engine speed when using hydromechanical work tools.

A new throttle-smoothing feature monitors accelerator-pedal movement under the operator’s foot when the machine is traveling over rough terrain, and it then clips the extremes of pedal travel to yield steady, even travel speeds. This feature adds to operator comfort and aids material retention when using the foot throttle.

Intelligent Leveling System
The D Series models feature the Cat Intelligent Leveling™ (ILEV) system, which provides a number of industry leading features, including dual self-leveling, electronic snubbing, return-to-dig and work tool positioning.

The dual self-leveling system electronically and automatically levels the loader linkage when raising and lowering the lift arms. The system ensures optimum material retention whether truck loading material or handling palletized products. Electronic snubbing automatically cushions the descent of the lift arms, slowing downward motion just before the arms reach their stops.

The return-to-dig feature allows the operator to set the digging angle of the bucket and then to automatically recall the setting by depressing a trigger switch on the joystick as the lift arms lower. The work tool positioning feature allows the angle of the tool to be pre-set, as when positioning a trencher for the proper depth, and then to automatically recall the setting if the machine is repositioned. Both features contribute significantly to productivity.

New lift arms and coupler
Lift arms for all D Series machines are a new tubular design that retains excellent lift characteristics and strength while presenting a narrower profile. The sleek lift arm design improves sight lines to the sides of the machine, to the tires and to the work-tool/coupler interface to provide enhanced visibility and site safety.

The available automatic work-tool coupler is now electrically actuated, replacing the previous hydraulically actuated coupler. The new coupler is simpler in design, eliminating hoses and connectors, and easier to install as an accessory in the field.

Serviceability
D Series models accommodate required emissions controls (diesel particulate filter and diesel oxidation catalyst) with no compromise in serviceability. Unmatched ground level access to all routine service points has been maintained, including filters (engine oil, engine air, hydraulic and fuel), battery and engine oil fill and check. The air conditioner condenser is attached to the inside of the engine compartment door and is easily accessible for cleaning or service.

The new models also feature an electric priming pump with automatic air bleed for the fuel system. The priming system eases the task of replacing and priming the fuel filter/water separator.

For more information about Cat D Series Skid Steer Loaders, contact the local Cat dealer or go to: www.cat.com.

D Series Skid Steer Loader Specifications

Model

Gross Powerhp (kW)

Lift Path1R/V

ROC2lb (kg)

Aux. Flowgpm (L/min)

Aux. Pressure (HF)3psi (kPa)

236D

74.3 (55.4)

R

1,800 (816)

30 (112)

3,335 (23 000)

242D

74.3 (55.4)

V

2,150 (975)

30 (112)

3,335 (23 000)

246D

74.3 (55.4)

R

2,150 (975)

32 (121)

4,061 (28 000)

262D

74.3 (55.4)

V

2,700 (1 225)

32 (121)

4,061 (28 000)

272D

98 (73)

V

3,200 (1 451)

32 (121)

4,061 (28 000)

272D XHP

110 (82)

V

3,700 (1 678)

40 (150)

4,061 (28 000)

 

Trimble introduces the Trimble® LOADRITE® X2350™ Payload Management System for excavators

TrimbleContractors Can Optimize Loadout and Increase Productivity with the Trimble LOADRITE X2350 Payload Management System

 Trimble introduces the Trimble® LOADRITE® X2350™ Payload Management System for excavators, a dynamic onboard weighing system to optimize bucket loads, track load out tonnage, and monitor cycle times. Now available through the SITECH® Technology Dealer network, the Trimble LOADRITE X2350 system expands Trimble’s Heavy Civil Construction portfolio to include accurate, measured payload data from excavators, helping contractors maximize productivity with less rework.

Managing Excavators and Materials More Efficiently

The Trimble LOADRITE X2350 System improves excavator productivity by quickly, easily and accurately weighing the material in the bucket and displaying the payload information on an easy-to-read indicator in the cab. The system can operational efficiencies for many excavator loading applications, including mass earthworks, remote sand pit load out, quarry and mining.

The X2350 helps keep the entire earthworks excavation loadout operation running at capacity and can eliminate the cost of additional machines and trucks to support the excavator. On a typical loadout project, a contractor can save thousands of dollars just by eliminating one wheel loader or one truck to haul material away.

Without the LOADRITE system, an excavator operator must gauge the maximum load on a truck based on experience and feedback from the weigh bridge (truck scale) at the final destination; however, at that point it is too late to prevent an overload ticket or wasted fuel, time, and truck capacity due to an under-loaded truck. Using the Trimble LOADRITE X2350 system to optimize payload at the excavator reduces the risk of double handling materials and turnarounds at the truck weigh station due to over or under-loading. It can also reduce costly fines for overloading haul trucks and unnecessary under-loaded truck cycles that waste fuel and time.

Trimble has introduced the new Trimble® LOADRITE® X2350™ Payload Management System for excavators, a dynamic onboard weighing system to optimize bucket loads, track load out tonnage, and monitor cycle times. Now available through the SITECH® Technology Dealer network, the Trimble LOADRITE X2350 system expands Trimble’s Heavy Civil Construction portfolio to include accurate, measured payload data from excavators, helping contractors maximize productivity with less rework.

Trimble has introduced the new Trimble® LOADRITE® X2350™ Payload Management System for excavators, a dynamic onboard weighing system to optimize bucket loads, track load out tonnage, and monitor cycle times. Now available through the SITECH® Technology Dealer network, the Trimble LOADRITE X2350 system expands Trimble’s Heavy Civil Construction portfolio to include accurate, measured payload data from excavators, helping contractors maximize productivity with less rework.

Project managers and machine operators can use the X2350 to accurately measure and record tons per hour, cycle times and total tonnage moved by excavators and trucks. Knowing accurate load cycle counts allows for more effective management of excavators and material. In-field time stamped printed reports additionally monitor material inventories and production for easy reporting of loading activity throughout the day.

Availability

The Trimble LOADRITE X2350 Payload Management System is available through Trimble’s SITECH Technology Dealer Channel in North America. 

For more information, visit:  www.trimble.com.